Stop making excuses and start believing
We meet 2 kinds of people in life. You have the ones looking at life from the bright side. And then you also have the ones on the other side, who always seem to be at the dark side of life.
Some people only see problems, others see opportunities.
Yes you can
If you think something is impossible, you will automatically generate ideas why it is indeed not going to work out. But if you do believe in something and look at things from a positive perspective, you will see many reasons why you will succeed, you’ll be more confident and will increase chances for success.
Think of the least successful people in your environment and then look at the thing they all have in common. Yes indeed … excuses! They always have a reason why they are still doing that boring job after many years, why they aren’t happy at home, why they don’t live a healthy life although they really want to ànd even tried (or at least they think they did). In fact those aren’t real reasons, just excuses.
3 excuses you should stop making
- “I don’t have time”
A lack of time is an excuse you hear very often. Think of someone who says he wants to practice sports but is explaining why he isn’t. Most of the time, it’s about time.
But there is something you should never forget, I know this is a shocking fact ;-) : everyone has the same amount of time. That is 3600 seconds in an hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. So you have 168 hours in one week. Let’s calculate:
- work: 50 hours
- sleep: 50 hours
- cook and eat: 20 hours
- getting things done at home: 14 hours
- pleasure: 21 hours
- practice sports: 50 hours
This makes a total of 160 hours and still leaves you with an astonishing 8 hours extra! So don’t use time as an excuse. It’s all about setting priorities and plan your day efficiently.
Don’t forget: if you want something done, ask the busiest person you know, he’ll help you out!
- “I’m too young / I’m too old”
Many people think it’s too early or too late to start. Of course that’s not true at all.
Look at Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook who was only 20 years old when he founded Facebook.
Or think of Chrissie Wellington who turned pro at the age of 30! She’s the only triathlete, male or female, to has won the World Championship less than a year after turning professional. She won the Ironman Triathlon World Championship 4 times.
Think this over: you’re going to be active until the age of 65 at least (or this is what I hope for you). So if you start working around the age of 20, you have a 45 year career ahead. When you’re turning 50 you still have 15 years to go. This is 30% of your total career! So why shouldn’t you start something new?
- “I’m not smart enough”
Most of the time this is a “silent” excuse, something you think but don’t say out loud. It’s not about how smart you are, it’s about how you use your intelligence. There are many brilliant human beings who weren’t able to turn their intelligence into success. On the other hand you have lots of successful people with only a moderate IQ. You’re never too old to learn. We live in a world where information is so easily accessible. If you really want something it’s never too late to start learning all there is on a certain topic.
To be successful memorising is not even that important, facts can easily be looked up. It’s how you think that makes you unique. How do you look at facts? Are you able to see the opportunities? It’s not about what you know, its about how you think.
Success in life and everything you do, whether it’s at home, in your job, in achieving a sports goal, … is self-believe. If you want to succeed, start believing in yourself and the possibility to achieve your goal. No one but you decides who you are and where you want to go. So stop making excuses and start believing.